How do our brain waves help us process sound?
WHEN: Monday, April 24th, 4-6pm, open house
WHERE: NYU Leslie eLab, 18 Washington Place
TEAM MEMBERS: Lindsey Daniels, Hayley Hwang, Jina Jung, Sean Kim, Jeff Park
Have you ever wondered how your brain processes sound? How does our brain extract information from small changes in air pressure, which we call sound? Come by and play in our interactive playground to find the answers. In collaboration with NYU neuroscientist, Keith Doelling, we’ve created an immersive exhibit on how sound synchronizes with our brain. Learn about what brain waves are and how they synchronize with sound waves in order to help us comprehend speech and music. Through this experience, we hope to leave you with a new perspective on how our brains help us comprehend the reality around us. Open to all NYU students, faculty, friends, and family.
** About Keith Doelling
In this exhibit, we deliver an immersive experience based off the research of Keith Doelling. Keith is a Ph.D candidate studying with Dr. Pesaran in the Center for Neural Science as well as Dr. David Poeppel in the Psychology Department at New York University. His research focuses on answering questions related to how our brain activities align with the sounds around us in order to generate comprehension.
Jina and Lindsey designed A LED Brain Sculpture
The LED Brain Sculpture serves the purpose of answering the question: what are brain waves and how do they work? Illuminated by LEDs, the structure hangs in the center of the first room.
Haley and Sean designed A Music Tower
Taking what our visitors learned regarding our brain waves and speech, this last activity helps our visitors understand how brain waves help us process music. Visitors then stand on a haptic platform underneath a booth and put on an EEG headset. As speakers within the music tower begin to play, the platform vibrates along with the beat of the song. Finally, a projector in front of the platform projects visuals of brain and sound waves in a concentric pattern around the platform and participant.
Jeff Park designed Drumpads
The Drumpads send data through bluetooth to a computer, so that it could eventually take this data and make a Processing sketch out of it. In order to understand how our brain waves use the natural rhythms of speech to help us comprehend the sound.
prototyping exhibition space – 2
We put LED inside the brain sculpture
prototyping exhibition space – 1
LED, wire, paper clay
Week 4-8 Proposal
Week 1-3 Brainstorming
We are planing an designing and exhibition using the research by a PH.D candidate named keith Doelling.
Here are some examples that allow us to visualize his topic of how the brain reacts to the music.
- Analog Information Interactions
- Sound Immersion with Visualizations on the floor
- Pitch Perception tasks
- Some kind of game or test
- Your brain reacting to classical Music
- A Hanging brain sculpture that responds to the chosen music
- Visualization of components in the chosen music
- Some sort of small parting gift
Create a visually-stimulating and immersive experience for visitors to see how their brain processes sound.
Provide a better understanding of how brain waves help us process sound and leave visitors with a newfound respect for how their brain works.
Due to the location of our exhibit, we will tailor our experience to young adults, so a preexisting understanding of the subject is not required.